What a busy week! I had the first New Philharmonia Orchestra rehearsal of the season on Wednesday (wahoo there’s a new bass player! I’m not alone anymore!) and tonight we had our first Newton Cultural Alliance members meeting of the season. Newton’s arts and cultural scene is off to a GREAT start! This weekend is a little quiet but, never fear, there are amazing events coming your way soon!



Parent & Child Glass Fusing Workshop
New Art Center*
Saturday, September 22 at 10am | $138

Learn the basics of glass fusing tehniques, and experiment with colored glass pieces, frits and stringers. Parents and children will work together to create a namplate, neckaces, and a smal bowl or plate. Bring safety glasses and wear closed-toe shoes. Tuition and materials are for two.


Author Madeline Miller, “The Song of Achilles”
Newtonville Books
Sunday, September 23 at 2pm | FREE

Greece in the age of heroes.Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller’s page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career.


Newton Upper Falls Village Day
Emerson Community Center
Sunday, September 23 at 3pm | FREE

Come Celebrate Newton Upper Falls and all it has to offer!  Come meet your neighbors! Local vendors and community groups will have tables and there will be fun activities for the whole family. (The Patriots play that night, so don’t worry about missing the game!)



*Newton Cultural Alliance Member

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